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Vice President Joe Biden meeting Samuel and Dona Scott, major donors.

Major Gifts

Chicago's top civic, corporate, and philanthropic leaders understand  the important role the  Council plays in  providing  a  forum for thoughtful, nonpartisan discussions  with  global leaders  about  the  world’s  most pressing  challenges  and opportunities.

As a major donor of the Council, you will enjoy unique opportunities to explore your interests with international experts, deepen your understanding of Council research, travel to meet with world leaders and policymakers, and strengthen your global network, all while providing the bedrock of support that makes all the Council does possible.

Levels and Engagement Opportunities

Donations at these levels  provide critical financial support that enables the Council to  fulfill  its mission. The Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (tax ID number 36-2181969) and contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Donors who support the Council at this level enjoy highly curated in-person and digital experiences beyond what is offered to members of the President’s Club Gold. You will be invited to more private, off-the-record conversations, briefings, receptions, and dinners with higher level policy analysts, bestselling authors, and current and former government officials to examine relevant geopolitical trends around the world in-depth.

Donors who support the Council at this level enjoy the highly curated experiences described above as well as customized engagements related to your areas of personal or professional interest and expertise.

Donors who support the Council at this level enjoy the highly curated experiences described above plus the ability to request one-on-one engagements with policy experts connected to the Council. We will leverage the Council’s extensive network used to develop insightful programming, content, and research to connect you directly with global leaders and experts.

Donors who support the Council at this level truly shape the organization’s mission to help ensure effective US global engagement and support a more inclusive, equitable, and secure world. In addition to the experiences described above, you will be invited to join Council leadership, President Ivo Daalder, and members of our board in welcoming dignitaries to the Council’s platform, and you may be asked to serve on advisory committees or on task forces examining critical global issues in your area of expertise.

Request information about becoming a major donor

To support the Council at these levels, please contact Susan Kahan, director of major gifts, via email (skahan@thechicagocouncil.org) or phone (+1 312-821-7548).

Group of Leadership Study Mission travelers with the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame
Leadership Study Missions These trips for major donors include meetings with government officials and other leaders, and provide unique, immersive experiences beyond the usual sightseeing and cultural exploration. Previous missions have visited Colombia, Israel,  Jordan, Cuba, Rwanda, Kenya, and China.